Monday, February 3, 2014

WARNING: THIS IS NOT A REVIEW BLOG

Good morning!! I wanted to take this time to clear something up. THIS IS NOT A REVIEW BLOG. On this blog, I post swatches and photos as the titles of the posts imply. I may also post my opinion of the product, but that is in no way a real review. I have no desire to post actual reviews because I do not have time for it and I honestly don't feel qualified enough to rate a makeup product. I enjoy wearing makeup, but I don't have the proper time it takes to test it out or conduct thorough reviews, thus I stick to swatches and photos. If and when I insert my opinion, it is solely based on my personal experience. As you all know, we are all different and what works or does not work for me may indeed not work or work for you. There are literally thousands of other makeup blogs out there that review products, but I do not. Hopefully, this is not a problem for you and you keep reading!!

-Thanks so much,
Amber

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Friday, January 31, 2014

DUPES - MAC Lipstick in Punk Couture & Coloured Raine Lipstick in Arabian Night!

I've decided to make a post whenever I find product dupes. This first post features MAC Punk Couture lipstick and Coloured Raine Arabian Night lipstick. Arabian Night was swatched here, but Punk Couture has not made it on the blog yet. These colors are basically identical, but Arabian Night is a very tiny bit brighter. Punk Couture was limited edition and is no longer available, while Arabian Night is permanent. Punk Couture retailed for $15 and Arabian Night retails $14. Swatches and photos below.

MAC Lipstick in Punk Couture & Coloured Raine Lipstick in Arabian Night
Left: MAC Lipstick in Punk Couture, Right: Coloured Raine Lipstick in Arabian Night
punk couture arabian night swatches dupes
Top: MAC Lipstick in Punk Couture, Bottom: Coloured Raine Lipstick in Arabian Night
mac punk couture lip swatch
MAC Lipstick in Punk Couture on Lips
coloured raine arabian night lip swatch
Coloured Raine Lipstick in Arabian Night on Lips

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Coloured Raine Lipstick in Plum Fairy and Arabian Night Swatches & Photos

I love bold lipsticks. I've never been one to shy away from bold colors and I actually prefer wearing darker shades on my lips. Maybe that'll change in the Spring during pastel season, but for right now, dark colors for the win! I ordered two colors from the brand Coloured Raine to see what they were about. Plum Fairy is a berry wine color, while Arabian Night is a stark blueish purple. I love the color of the lipsticks, but not much else. The smell was plastic-y, the taste was awful, and they needed to be built up to full opacity. I'm happy to say that I have dupes for both colors, so I have no need to wear them. But I'll keep them anyway. Overall, I was not impressed. Coloured Raine lipsticks retail for $14. Swatches and photos below.

Coloured Raine Lipstick in Plum Fairy and Arabian Night
Coloured Raine Lipstick in Plum Fairy and Arabian Night
Coloured Raine Lipstick in Plum Fairy and Arabian Night
Coloured Raine Lipstick in Plum Fairy and Arabian Night
Coloured Raine Lipstick in Plum Fairy and Arabian Night Labels
Coloured Raine Lipstick in Plum Fairy and Arabian Night Labels
Coloured Raine Lipstick in Plum Fairy Close-Up
Coloured Raine Lipstick in Plum Fairy Close-Up
Coloured Raine Lipstick in Arabian Night Close-Up
Coloured Raine Lipstick in Arabian Night Close-Up
coloured raine lipstick swatches plum fairy arabian night
Coloured Raine Lipstick Swatches - Top: Plum Fairy, Bottom: Arabian Night
coloured raine plum fairy lip swatch
Coloured Raine Lipstick in Plum Fairy on Lips
coloured raine arabian night lip swatch
Coloured Raine Lipstick in Arabian Night on Lips

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Zoya Nail Polish in Sailor Swatches & Photos

Aside from makeup, another one of my loves is nail polish! I wasn't blessed with awesome looking nails but I love nail polish nonetheless. A while back I bought Zoya Sailor which is described as a "classic dark navy cream" and is a part of the Fall 2013 Cashmere Collection. I'm a sucker for dark blue polishes and when I saw it, I knew it had to be mine. I purchased it and instantly fell in love. During my beauty box subscription days, I received Zoya Storm. I liked it but I had forgotten about it. When I purchased Sailor, I got reacquainted with the brand and it quickly became one of my favorite polish brands. Sailor applied smooth with no streaks and was opaque in just one coat! Love! Zoya also sends swatches of current and future collections when you purchase from them. I have included the swatches they sent of the Fall 2013 Cashmere Collection below. I purchased Sailor for $8, but Zoya recently increased their prices by a dollar to $9. Swatches and photos below.

Zoya Nail Polish in Sailor
Zoya Nail Polish in Sailor
Zoya Nail Polish in Sailor Back Label
Zoya Nail Polish in Sailor Back Label
Zoya Nail Polish in Sailor Bottom Label
Zoya Nail Polish in Sailor Bottom Label
Zoya Nail Polish in Sailor Brush
Zoya Nail Polish in Sailor Brush
zoya fall 2013 cashmere collection swatches
Zoya Fall 2013 Cashmere Collection Swatches - Left to Right: Flynn, Louise, Hunter, Sailor, Pepper, Livingston
zoya sailor swatch
Zoya Nail Polish in Sailor Hand Swatch

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation SPF15 in Heavenly Honey, Truly Topaz & Hazelnut Swatches & Photos

Today I have swatched three shades of Black Opal's True Color Stick Foundation. This foundation comes in stick form and features SPF 15, full coverage, and a velvet finish. It is recommended for all skin types. I purchased this foundation because I was seeking a foundation I could use on nights out when I wanted fuller coverage. I wear Truly Topaz in Black Opal face products. I ended up also buying two other shades, Heavenly Honey and Hazelnut to highlight and contour with, respectively. I have to say, I love this foundation!! On days when I am seeking fuller coverage, it definitely does the trick and blends nicely into my skin. I have never been disappointed with a Black Opal face product. The foundation retails for $9.50. Swatches and photos below.

Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation SPF15 in Heavenly Honey, Truly Topaz & Hazelnut
Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation SPF15 in Heavenly Honey, Truly Topaz & Hazelnut
Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation SPF15 in Heavenly Honey, Truly Topaz & Hazelnut
Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation SPF15 in Heavenly Honey, Truly Topaz & Hazelnut
Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation SPF15 in Heavenly Honey, Truly Topaz & Hazelnut Labels
Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation SPF15 in Heavenly Honey, Truly Topaz & Hazelnut Labels
Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation SPF15 in Heavenly Honey, Truly Topaz & Hazelnut
Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation SPF15 - Top to Bottom: Heavenly Honey, Truly Topaz & Hazelnut
black opal stick foundation swatches heavenly honey truly topaz hazelnut
Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation SPF15 Swatches - Top to Bottom: Heavenly Honey, Truly Topaz & Hazelnut
black opal stick foundation truly topaz swatches
Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation SPF15 in Truly Topaz Swatches -  Top: Unblended, Bottom: Blended 
black opal stick foundation face swatches
Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation SPF15 in Truly Topaz on entire face; Heavenly Honey to highlight under eyes, bridge of nose, forehead, and chin; Hazelnut to contour cheekbones and forehead



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